God, who am I to You?
“God, who am I to You?”
This is a question I find myself repeating to those with whom I speak concerning their walk with God. So many are yearning to know direction and purpose. I believe the starting place for understanding what to do is to know who you are.
Something wonderful happens when one hears the gentle voice of the Lord defining purpose for his or her life. With this revelation of identity comes a passion to pursue its reality. All of a sudden, confusion birthed in the myriad of choices in life dissipates, and the path is now clearly defined. “I’m running after after my God-defined purpose,” the heart says.
There is an undeniable confidence in the lives of those who have asked and heard God speak. The fruit of that confidence is their overcoming trials and succeeding in great feats for the kingdom of God. I want this! You want this!
How have we gotten distracted from the simplicity of learning from the Father our identity and purpose? I asked the Lord this recently, and He showed me it is through our relationships that we easily depart from His desired closeness to us. It is in that closeness that He reveals Himself to us and His plan for our lives. Remember, it is when we draw near to God that He then draws near to us (James 4:8). So, if we spend time with only those who are directionless, we, too, can find ourselves being “tossed back and forth by the waves and blown here and there by every wind of teaching…” (Ephesians 4:14). This is the work of deception-Satan’s scheme to bind us to a half-hearted existence devoid of purpose.
But God is not seeking half-hearted devotion! “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him” (2 Chronicles 16:9). He wants us to know His heart. He wants us to know who we are to Him. He wants us to know the thrill of realizing a destiny so beyond anything that we could conceive in our dreams!
Lately, there has been a lot of focus in our student ministry at church to encourage our young people to seek out the plan of God for their lives. Our friend and missionary, David Freeland, came as a guest speaker last month and strongly advised the students to ask God for a glimpse of His dream for them. He pleaded with them to not wait until later in their adult lives, as he did, to ask that all-important question.
God has a plan for each of our lives. I know that we hear this all the time, but I wish we could grasp the Jeremiah 29:11 truth in the core of our being. If we truly get this, we would live with a constant sense of excitement in knowing that as we deem to walk out our God-defined destiny WITH HIM, He will do the UNIMAGINABLE through us (1 Corinthians 2:9)! I want this! You want this!